“It looks like it is, given the growing popularity of the Spanish white grape. Where the choice on the terrace used to be just sauvignon blanc or chardonnay, now verdejo is suddenly the alternative”, says wine expert Pieter Nijdam. “Verdejo fits exactly into the taste profile of the average Dutch wine drinker. Not too sweet, not too sour, nice and fruity and modest in price. A real friend to everyone.”
Also nice: Verdejo comes in different scents and colours, from tropical fruit to Toledo gold. That also applies to the price. The precious verdejos of Belondrade y Lurton and Barón de Chirel are considered the Grand Crus of the region and cost three to four bucks a bottle. However, most mid-range wines are available for less than a tenner and offer a lot of wine for their price.
A verdejo that Nijdam recommends? That of the Rioja house Compañía Vinícola del Norte del España, abbreviated Cune (the u actually stands for a v). From 2018, one of the driest years in Rueda, which is in the Castilla y León region. “A little water stress from that drought didn’t hurt Cune’s. Salud, dinero y amor!”
Cune Verdejo 2018
Orange blossom, white peach, apricot, fennel, pinch of white pepper: beautiful balance.
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